Year Two (118) – Smokin’

I have photographed smoke a couple of times before… but took the opportunity to capture it again and to see if I could pick up some new tips. Smoke is a great material to photograph, it has a mind of its own and you never quite know where it is going to go, but they make great textures and brushes that you can use to enhance other pictures and images.

This time I took the opportunity to experiment with shutter speeds and to learn from other photographers.. I had the dark background much further away that made it easier .. and I used my 100mm macro leans and a snood on the flash to direct the light. These are some of the different results I achieved:

ISO200, 1/640sec, F7.1
ISO200, 1/640sec, F7.1

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Year Two (22) – Off Camera Flash

Last night I spend the evening with mt Canon 7D mark ii, my Canon 600 Ex-RT Speedlite and my new C-stand, which enables me to use the flash off camera in better positions, and I can already see what a difference in will make to the images I create.

I tried something new last night, I set the 600Ex-rt up as a slave and triggered if from the camera flash – keeping the camera flash and very low power so that it did not effect the lighting of my subject – I experimented with still life and smoke – aiming to capture interesting low key shots with atmosphere.

Coffee Crisis

This week we had a crisis – the coffee machine stopped working – anyone who knows me, knows that this is series … I really fussy about my coffee and import it in from France – so desperate messages called for a new machine …. however when I saw this miniature espresso cup in town, I knew it summed up my week and I wanted a photo. Continue reading

Day 340 – Flash and Ambient Lights

Still at the Old Bakery Studio and experimenting… Karen had brought in this bowl, which has a unit inside it which change colour, caused the water to bubble and generated a mist and she was curious to know how to capture the colour. Continue reading

Day 331 – Smoke

If I want to get more creative I really need some backgrounds and textures … so one of those things that I have been putting off doing is photographing smoke … so that is today’s challenge. Continue reading